Dr. Tendai Chitewere is an associate professor of geography & environment at San Francisco State University. She is broadly interested in the intersection of environmentalism, community, and justice. Her focus on individual, neighborhood, and government responses to social and environmental degradation builds on her research of ecological cohousing communities. Using political ecology to examine the relationship between being green and being just, her work examines sustainable communities (ecovillages, transitions towns, cohousing, and other alternative ways to balance social and environmental connections), but also the impact of green consumerism as a means to affect environmental change and green lifestyles. Using qualitative and quantitative research design that supports participatory community-based research, she merges political ecological theory with environmental justice activism. She is currently writing an ethnography of ecovillages in western contexts, focusing on the United States. While at the Freie Universität's Environmental Policy Research Centre, her research considers the social, economic, and political contexts of European sustainable communities, specifically in Germany.